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  • perpetuallyphil 5:51 am on December 17, 2010 Permalink |
    Tags: slavoj zizek   

    reshaping culture, with culture 

    In the video below, Slavoj Zizek touches on a wide variety subtle ideas about society and our attempts to make our world better in this remix and animation.

    Basically positing that we can’t use the same strategies and underlying ideas to bring about real change. Beyond intention, altruism, innovative business models and sympathy, there are elements that we must collectively understand to put our focus in the right place. It fits in perfectly with some criticism that I have with Pinchbeck’s latest article on Business Shamanism from Realty Sandwich (see my comments as [positively perpetual] on the page if interested).

    As culture jammers, shifters, lightworkers, helpers, artists and/or illuminaters, we can utlize our power to an even stronger degree with a well defined structuaral analysis and knowledge of tools past and present.

    Give it a whirl:

     

     
    • untamedyawp 4:37 am on December 18, 2010 Permalink

      awesome

  • perpetuallyphil 7:27 pm on December 5, 2010 Permalink |
    Tags: , rap news, wikileaks   

    the news 

     
  • perpetuallyphil 6:55 am on November 22, 2010 Permalink |
    Tags: , David Swanson, , the real news, ,   

    War is a Lie 

    More than the average insight about war and how we have not only been hoodwinked -time and time again- but rather that the institution of war itself, is a lie. Good Stuff here:

     
  • perpetuallyphil 9:05 am on November 18, 2010 Permalink |
    Tags: , nutrition   

    Foodie stuff 

    My friend’s nutrition blog:

    http://astonesthrowtohealth.com/

    Its got some cool tips and it is generally fun to see what she is up to. Lots of knowledge about raw food, nutrient dense foods, recipes and cooking ideas. Nettle tea, anyone?

     
  • perpetuallyphil 9:38 am on November 13, 2010 Permalink |
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    Kurt Gödel and Incomplete Universe 

    “It is not strictly science, but rather a very interesting set of mathematical theorems about logic and the philosophy that is definitely relevant to science as a whole. Proven in 1931 by Kurt Gödel, these theories say that with any given set of logical rules, except for the most simple, there will always be statements that are undecidable, meaning that they cannot be proven or disproven due to the inevitable self-referential nature of any logical systems that is even remotely complicated. This is thought to indicate that there is no grand mathematical system capable of proving or disproving all statements. An undecidable statement can be thought of as a mathematical form of a statement like “I always lie.” Because the statement makes reference to the language being used to describe it, it cannot be known whether the statement is true or not. However, an undecidable statement does not need to be explicitly self-referential to be undecidable. The main conclusion of Gödel’s incompleteness theorems is that all logical systems will have statements that cannot be proven or disproven; therefore, all logical systems must be “incomplete.”

    The philosophical implications of these theorems are widespread. The set suggests that in physics, a “theory of everything” may be impossible, as no set of rules can explain every possible event or outcome. It also indicates that logically, “proof” is a weaker concept than “true”; such a concept is unsettling for scientists because it means there will always be things that, despite being true, cannot be proven to be true. Since this set of theorems also applies to computers, it also means that our own minds are incomplete and that there are some ideas we can never know, including whether our own minds are consistent (i.e. our reasoning contains no incorrect contradictions). This is because the second of Gödel’s incompleteness theorems states that no consistent system can prove its own consistency, meaning that no sane mind can prove its own sanity. Also, since that same law states that any system able to prove its consistency to itself must be inconsistent, any mind that believes it can prove its own sanity is, therefore, insane. ”

    via Listverse:
    http://listverse.com/2010/11/04/10-strange-things-about-the-universe/

     
    • untamedyawp 5:02 pm on November 13, 2010 Permalink

      cool.

      “The whole renaissance is supposed to have resulted from the topsy-turvy feeling caused by Columbus’ discovery of a new world. It just shook people up. The topsy-turviness of that time is recorded everywhere. There was nothing in the flat-earth view of the Old and New Testaments that predicted it. Yet people couldn’t deny it. The only way they could assimilate it was to abandon the entire medieval outlook and enter into a new expansion of reason…I think the present day reason is an analogue of the flat earth of the medieval period. If you go to far beyond it you’re presumed to fall off, into insanity. And people are very much affraid of that. I think this fear of insanity is comparable to the fear people once had of falling off the edge of the world. Or the fear of heretics….But what’s happening is that each year our old flat earth of conventional reason becomes less and less adequate to handle the experiences we have and this is creating widespread feelings of topsy-turviness. As a result, we’re getting more and more people in irrational areas of thought-occultism, mysticism, drug changes and the like-becuase they feel the inadequacy of classical reason to handle what they know are real experiences.” –Robert Persig (Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance)

      asking a human to describe *god* is like asking a fish to describe the water in which it swims.

  • perpetuallyphil 8:33 am on November 13, 2010 Permalink |
    Tags: , zen   

    zen 

    Nothing Exists:

    Yamaoka Tesshu, as a young student of Zen, visited one master after another. He called upon Dokuon of Shokoku.

    Desiring to show his attainment, he said: “The mind, Buddha, and sentient beings, after all, do not exist. The true nature of phenomena is emptiness. There is no relaization, no delusion, no sage, no mediocrity. There is no giving and nothing to be received.”

    Dokuon, who was smoking quietly, said nothing. Suddenly he whacked Yamaoka with his bamboo pipe. This made the youth quite angry.

    “If nothing exists,” inquired Dokuon, “where did this anger come from?”

    http://www.ashidakim.com/zenkoans/82nothingexists.html

     
    • perpetuallyphil 8:35 am on November 13, 2010 Permalink

      one more:
      Publishing the Sutras:

      Tetsugen, a devotee of Zen in Japan, decided to publish the sutras, which at that time were available only in Chinese. The books were to be printed with wood blocks in an edition of seven thousand copies, a tremendous undertaking.

      Tetsugen began by traveling and collecting donations for this purpose. A few sympathizers would give him a hundred pieces of gold, but most of the time he received only small coins. He thanked each donor with equal gratitude. After ten years Tetsugen had enough money to begin his task.

      It happened that at that time the Uji Rive overflowed. Famine followed. Tetsugen took the funds he had collected for the books and spent them to save others from starvation. Then he began again his work of collecting.

      Several years afterwards an epidemic spread over the country. Tetsugen again gave away what he had collected, to help his people. For a third time he started his work, and after twenty years his wish was fulfilled. The printing blocks which produced the first edition of sutras can be seen today in the Obaku monastery in Kyoto.

      The Japanese tell their children that Tetsugen made three sets of sutras, and that the first two invisible sets surpass even the last.

    • untamedyawp 4:55 pm on November 13, 2010 Permalink

      meditation is washing a ball of dirt

  • perpetuallyphil 8:02 am on November 13, 2010 Permalink |  

    Desire Poster 

    Desire Poster from Zazzle.com.

     
    • perpetuallyphil 8:05 am on November 13, 2010 Permalink

      photo by my sis, poster by my cuz (uneeda)

      classic

    • untamedyawp 5:09 pm on November 13, 2010 Permalink

      thumbs up

  • perpetuallyphil 6:03 pm on October 13, 2010 Permalink |  

    Sweet pic 

    image

    This is the moment a lightning bolt appears to strike the Statue of Liberty in New York. New York photographer Jay Fine had spent the night braving the storm in Battery Park City, Manhattan, in a bid to get the perfect picture. Jay spent nearly two hours poised with his camera and took more than 80 shots before striking lucky with this particular bolt of lightning at 8.45pm on 22 September. He said he had been waiting 40 years to get the picture.
    To capture the shots Jay used a Nikon D300s with 60mm f/2.8 lens on the following settings: Aperture: F/10, Shutterspeed: 5 seconds, ISO: 200.

    From http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-11531637

     
  • perpetuallyphil 6:29 pm on October 10, 2010 Permalink |
    Tags: 10/10/10, 350.org, , , , work party   

    10/10/10 Work Parties from 350.org 

    Dear World,

    It’s been a tough year: in North America, oil gushing into the Gulf of Mexico; in Asia some of the highest temperatures ever recorded; in the Arctic, the fastest melting of sea ice ever seen; in Latin America, record rainfalls washing away whole mountainsides.

    So we’re having a party.

    Circle 10/10/10 on your calendar. That’s the date. The place is wherever you live. And the point is to do something that will help deal with global warming in your city or community.

    We’re calling it a Global Work Party, with emphasis on both ‘work’ and ‘party’. In Auckland, New Zealand, they’re having a giant bike fix-up day, to get every bicycle in the city back on the road. In the Maldives, they’re putting up solar panels on the President’s office.  In Kampala, Uganda, they’re going to plant thousands of trees, and in Bolivia they’re installing solar stoves for a massive carbon neutral picnic.

    Since we’ve already worked hard to call, email, petition, and protest to get politicians to move, and they haven’t moved fast enough,  now it’s time to show that we really do have the tools we need to get serious about the climate crisis.

    On 10/10/10 we’ll show that we the people can do this–but we need bold energy policies from our political leaders to do it on a scale that truly matters.  The goal of the day is not to solve the climate crisis one project at a time, but to send a pointed political message: if we can get to work, you can get to work too–on the legislation and the treaties that will make all our work easier in the long run.

    Find a local event here: http://www.350.org/en/map (zoom in to see that there are thousands of events in many regions)

    There are things going on in most big cities (boulder and san fran included) and they look spectacular and encouraging.

     
    • Sampson 12:57 am on October 16, 2010 Permalink

      I would argue that these aren’t climate solutions… they are pollution solutions… if you want to argue that CO2 is heating up the planet you have to find a way to explain why the rest of the planets in the solar system are heating up.

  • perpetuallyphil 7:32 am on October 10, 2010 Permalink |
    Tags: bears, , , prop 19, proposition 19   

    Prop 19: The Govenator, tax savings, marijuana and bears, oh my! 

    such a rounded view of the issues at stake….

     
  • perpetuallyphil 7:30 am on September 30, 2010 Permalink |  

    Time lapse fungi times 

    http://www.plantpath.cornell.edu/Photolab/TimeLapse2/TimeLapse_MainGallery.html

     
  • perpetuallyphil 7:53 am on September 27, 2010 Permalink |  

    bottle 

     
  • perpetuallyphil 9:51 pm on September 7, 2010 Permalink |
    Tags: drunk history,   

    tesla 

     
    • deadindenver 11:24 pm on September 8, 2010 Permalink

      by far the best one

  • perpetuallyphil 9:50 pm on September 7, 2010 Permalink |
    Tags: flashmob   

    target aint people 

     
  • perpetuallyphil 2:05 am on August 26, 2010 Permalink |  

    strippers aint got nothin 

     
  • perpetuallyphil 8:11 pm on August 14, 2010 Permalink |
    Tags: , ,   

    alien DNA and human genome 

    http://www.bibliotecapleyades.net/ciencia/ciencia_adn08.htm

     
  • perpetuallyphil 12:02 am on August 13, 2010 Permalink |
    Tags: , ,   

    iphone = sex 

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/08/11/iphone-users-have-more-se_n_678291.html

     
  • perpetuallyphil 9:13 pm on July 26, 2010 Permalink |
    Tags: gaga   

    rahhh rahhh ooooo lala 

     
    • absolutelylovely 2:07 pm on July 27, 2010 Permalink

      that was juuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuust great

    • zabba 8:57 pm on July 29, 2010 Permalink

      america at its finest

    • adriuntz 3:49 pm on July 31, 2010 Permalink

      the rotten bannana really makes this video

    • sarazona 4:49 am on August 6, 2010 Permalink

      you’re ruining the video!

  • perpetuallyphil 7:23 pm on July 21, 2010 Permalink |
    Tags: mr. gnome,   

    mr gnome is awesome 

    this vid is sexy:

    this vid is crazy:

     
    • zabba 9:03 pm on July 29, 2010 Permalink

      hoppin, hoppin, crickets in the night. lookout… SPLATTAH!!!

  • perpetuallyphil 7:05 pm on July 21, 2010 Permalink |  

    Corporate Cannabis 

    via gawker: http://gawker.com/5591680/growing-weed-to-become-just-as-corporate-as-everything-else

    In a bid to reassert itself as the dominant force in American life, Capitalism today announced that it plans to immediately counteract the coolness of the legalization of medical marijuana by poisoning it with the awfulness of factory farming.

    “Hippies and other anticapitalist types had been acting pretty happy about the slow but inevitable decriminalization of marijuana,” Capitalism said. “As weed entered the legal world, I saw a great opportunity to snatch some revenue from growers who’ve been operating in the black market for decades.”

    Capitalism’s tool in its nefarious and unstoppable plan is California businessman Jay Wilcox, who is taking advantage of Oakland’s liberalization of marijuana laws to fuck every longtime hippie grower right in the ass. According to the LAT:

    Jeff Wilcox, who owned a successful construction firm and has already incorporated as AgraMed, hopes to convert his empty industrial buildings near Interstate 880 into an enormous production facility. He plans to manufacture growing equipment, bake marijuana edibles in a 10,000-square-foot kitchen and use two football fields of space to grow about 58 pounds of marijuana every day, many times the amount now sold in Oakland.

    “Fifty eight pounds of chronic per day, totally legal, totally corporate, in my own fully-controlled factory,” mused Capitalism, lighting up a machine-rolled joint with a golden Zippo. “Try to undersell that with your ten hydro plants from your closet, hippie. You’ll be out of business in a month. This is the fucking Wal-Mart of weed. It’ll be beautiful.”

    “We have guns, too,” the economic system added.

    (for macworks)

     
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